Monday, October 31, 2016

First Star To The Right...

This time of year is SO magical with a little one in our family! Hudson loves adventure and being outdoors so visiting all of the fun pumpkin patches has been the best. However, I think planning these costumes, making Hudson's, and getting all dressed up has been the highlight of my October. H makes the most perfect little Peter Pan and I'm actually sad I won't be able to just dress him up in this outfit every dang day just so I can watch him run around in it! Come to think of it....maybe I will...why not right? haha. Oh this boy!

Happy Halloween to all of you! I hope you get to have the most fun dressing up and devouring mounds of treats! 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Seasonal Wish List with The Baby Cubby!

H's outfit and book c /o: The Baby Cubby

One of my favorite things when it comes to the change in season, is of course the must have lists I get to make! Now that I have H, I think I love making his must have lists more than I enjoy making mine! 
I also love to shop small! We have SO many amazing companies that are local here in Utah that we cannot get enough of and Hudson's list is always filled with them.
The baby cubby here in Lindon carries products from all of these local companies. Making it easy for us to one stop shop for what we need and want! 
At The Baby Cubby they make it easy to transition from each wish list you will have for your little ones. From before baby arrives when you need all of the essentials like a carseat, stroller, baby monitor, diaper bag, stroller, bedding, and more. To when baby is fresh and new and you need things like soothers, swaddles, and the cutest ever newborn clothes and sleepers. Then comes the toddler stage which we have found ourselves upon this season!! We were able to shop at The Baby Cubby recently to cross a few things off of our list.

1. Hudson's cute hello romper! This romper suits his personality perfectly! He is always walking around days "Hi,hi,hi" to everyone he sees.
2. The coziest beanie ( we also got the CUTEST hat from the same company)
3. This Dracula Book which is perfect for Halloween time. 

Simply put, we love shopping at The Baby Cubby because we feel comfortable there, it's fun, and the products they carry are the best of the best! When asked why their shop is different and why they choose to do things differently this is what they have to say... 

"The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent. Our Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there, we know what it’s like and we are passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and reminding parents how amazing they are and how important their role is.  
The way we do that is by finding the best and safest baby gear and providing it to parents in a fun shopping experience where we do things like test strollers on our stroller track, price match everyday - even amazon, offer free shipping nationwide and actively engage with parents via social media and our cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting."

If you live here in Utah and can take a trip to the store you definitely need to! If you live elsewhere then you need to make The Baby Cubby one of your musts for online shopping! They make it easy and of course offer free shipping on orders over $49. 

Do you love making wish lists for the new seasons ahead?! I'm already making our winter/ Christmas wish lists! Woo hoo!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How to get the best night sleep possible!

king size mattress c /o: Tuft and Needle
cactus pillow c /o: Le Mouton Sucre
tops c /o: SweeTees
diapers and wipes c /o: Parasol Co.

A good nights sleep. Isn't that something we all crave!? Sometimes it just doesn't come that easy though! Especially for parents of young children. I'll be honest that I definitely have not had enough sleep in the past year and sometimes it really takes its toll. Consistently not getting enough sleep can have an extremely negative effect on ones body, spirit and mind.

I know that as a mom I don't always have the luxury of going to bed when I want, sleeping as long as I want and waking up when I want. My little alarm clock wakes me several times and when its time to get up for the day I am greeted with plenty of "mamas" and slobbery kisses. 

Even if we can't always control our surroundings or circumstances to get a great nights sleep, I realized that there are a few things we as a family can do to get the best nights rest possible! So here are our tips!

Tip #1- A good mattress, okay a GREAT mattress can make all of the difference. I have had horrible back pain since I was pregnant with H and it only got worse after I gave birth. Sometimes I was in such awful pain that I couldn't even pick him up. I went to physical therapy and to the chiropractor which both helped but not enough. Every morning I woke up feeling three times my age. Since sleeping on our Tuft and Needle mattress for two months now, I kid you not, my back pain is gone. I no longer wake up with aches and pains and I go about my day with my busy toddler with ease!

Tip #2 - We have a great night time routine in place for little H. A nightly routine helps him so much when it comes to knowing that its time for sleep. We also make sure that the bed and surroundings are a familiar place. Hudson has a "bubby" (stuffed bunny) that always stays in the bed. We don't take bunny out unless we are traveling and then bunny stays in the bed where we are staying. This helps Hudson be excited to go to bed and see his "bubby" whom he adores! He also has his blanket that is with him every night and nap too. 

Tip #3 - My nightly routine is also similar every single night and it helps my body and mind to unwind and relax. Recently I have been trying to avoid technology before bed. Which can be really hard when during the day I don't have the time to watch my shows or peruse social media. However, I find that on nights that I avoid any technology before bed, I fall asleep MUCH faster. Falling asleep fast is important for me because Hudson does still wake up in the night and I need to catch all the precious minutes that I can!

Tip #4 - Being organized and prepared. Beside our bed I keep plenty of diapers and wipes for Hudson. He doesn't usually need a diaper change in the night however sometimes the unfortunate happens and we end up with a midnight diaper change. There is nothing worse than a crying baby while you run around trying to find a fresh diaper and new jammies. When we were using another safe and non toxic brand of diapers, Hudson was peeing through his pjs almost every night. UGH! I was getting so frustrated. When we started using Parasol diapers the night time wetting stopped! These diapers are the most absorbent we have ever used and any friend who has tried them agrees too! Not only are they super absorbent but we feel good about the products and ingredients that are used to make them. If you want to give these diapers a try too, use code LOVELO for 20% off your first order. You will not regret it but you will be hooked!

Tip #5 - Essential oils. I know, I know, you are wondering if they really work. Well, simply put, they do. I have a daily oil routine for myself and for Hudson but our night time oil routine is imperative to whether we sleep well or not. I have a night time linen spray with lavender and stress away that I spray for naps and bedtime, a roller that I rub on Hudson's chest and feet with an oil called gentle baby and I diffuse a mixture of peace and calming and lavender throughout the night. We all sleep a thousand times better when we help our bodies calm down with essential oils. If you have any questions about oils or how to get your family started, feel free to email me so we can chat more about it! ( lo(at) )

I know that for us we all have a better day when we have had the best sleep possible the night before! It all starts with the right mattress so go check out Tuft and Needle because it truly is the best mattress around! Plus, what could be better than a mattress that arrives in a box at your doorstep! The only thing I can think a GREAT nights sleep! 


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Nursing after ONE.

Photography: Roxana B Photography
Tank and Tee c /o: Deck and Oar

**Disclaimer: This post is for the breastfeeding mama's out there. It is not meant in anyway to shame any mother of any child. If you have chosen to not breastfeed that is a ok. If you have chosen to wean your baby after a year, wow you did an amazing thing for an entire year! If you are a pumping mother, I am beyond proud of you because pumping is hard work and very time consuming….because of that I have only done it four times ever, so I seriously applaud you. I actually applaud all mama's who are doing what is best for their babes! This is what I feel is best for Hudson, so this is our story!**

When Hudson and I first started our nursing journey I wasn't sure how long we would have a nursing relationship for. However, what was most important to me was making it ONE full year. I wanted to skip out on formula all together, save money, and beyond anything else, I so badly just wanted this nursing relationship and journey to keep going! During our first year I was asked many times "When are you going to stop nursing and give him a bottle?" Or "Don't you think its time for a bottle?" Also "Oh he has teeth now so time to stop nursing." With every comment I grew more and more confused. Why would we stop nursing??? So we didn't.

We made it one whole year! We definitely had our struggles, we had bumps, I had times where I told my husband with tears streaming down my face "I don't know if I can keep doing this but I don't want to give up." However, those hard times seemed to pass almost as quickly as they came and now here we are with no end near in sight. So now the questions are coming again..."He's a year old so why are you still nursing?", "Can't he just have cows milk now?" "When are you going to wean?"

I am grateful every day for our quiet moments together. Hudson always stares at me while we cuddle and he nurses and I love to touch his soft face and fluffy hair. I want to soak in every moment like this that we have because I don't know when it will be the last time.

For those who are wondering what the benefits are of nursing passed ONE year here are a few!

Nutritionally, breast milk in the second year provides 29% of energy requirement, 43% of protein requirements, 36% of calcium, 75% of vitamin A, 76% of folate, 94% of B12, and 60% of vitamin C requirements. Isn't that amazing!? I know that a common misconception is that after a year or even earlier, that breastmilk has no nutritional value. Well, that is simply not true!

How does breastfeeding benefit mom? The more consecutive months you nurse your child, the lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Isn't that amazing?! Like we are talking in the ninety percentile if you nurse your baby after a year and more. This also adds up the more children you have and nurse for a certain amount of time. I find this fact to be so incredible. Nursing Hudson is not only benefiting him so much but it's also benefiting me and my own body.

Last but not absolutely not least. Hudson simply is no where near ready to wean from nursing. I know the day will come when he will be. I don't know if that will be next week, next month or in 6 months. I know my heart will break just a little when that last nursing session comes but I know it will be the right time for both of us. Right now nursing is not only how Hudson gets a lot of nutrients and protection it is also is main source of comfort. For me, I believe, it is best to wean when Hudson is ready to self wean and I can follow his lead.

So if you are a nursing mama and you are wondering if weaning at ONE has to happen then the answer is no! If you and your baby want to continue your nursing journey then nurse on mama, nurse on.